Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – The Feel Good Factor by Lauren Blakely

The Feel Good Factor (Standalone)
by Lauren Blakely (Author)

This review is from: March 20, 2019 By Kay Daniels (Kindle Edition-Goodreads)
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥🔥

There are so many reasons to love this book; the ginger (squee-ginger!!) sexy officer fantasy mixed with the perfect tattooed EMT makes this the feel good book to read this spring!

Not only has Lauren Blakely created the perfect book boyfriend:

💜Muscled 💜Inked 💜Compassionate 💜Family Oriented 💜Fantastic All Around Kisser

Derek is the ultimate unicorn of book boyfriends! The Feel Good Factor will make you smile the entire time.

When Derek McBride slightly speeds into town for the first time, it’s not the typical police officer that pulls him over. Instead it’s a hot redhead who becomes the fantasy who consumes his dreams. She also becomes his landlord, which quickly complicates his life. It’s hard to bring those fantasies to life when Perri is the woman who provides the roof over his head.

“Holy redheaded lady-cop fantasy”-Derek

Perri Keating isn’t looking for a relationship, a new tenant-yes, a promotion at work-yes, a relationship-no. When Derek rolls into town he just happens to check off a lot of her boxes when it comes to her type of guy; flirty, tattooed, bad boy. However, when he shows on her doorstep, as her new renter, after a serious makeout session, things get complicated.

“He’s the stuff of panty-melting ovary explosions”-Perri 

Even with their hectic schedules, they experience a side of domesticality, they push their flirting to the limits, and their kissing game goes to new levels. The passion between them burns and burns until they ignite. There is no going back and there finally becomes a point where neither of them want to.
What do you do when you don’t want a relationship, but you really want the person you feel everything for?


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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Don’t Let Me by Marie Skye

Title: Don’t Let Me
Series: The Simplicit Duet #1
Author: Marie Skye
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Dark Water Covers
Release Date: March 26, 2019


Temptation is a sneaky bitch that brought two men in my life and I wanted them both. One left without saying a word. The other asked me to be his and I said yes. I moved on…so I thought.
Life isn’t a fairytale. Everyone has a secret. Everyone has a flaw. And mine? Well, sometimes vows aren’t for everyone.
They say there’s two sides to every story, but the truth makes three. In case you didn’t hear me the first time, let me repeat it.
Life isn’t a fucking fairytale.


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Marie Skye is your average career driven woman by day, and a hidden lover of all things dirty by night. Or, as she likes to say, professional by day; author whore by night.

Army brat, and now just a brat. She currently resides in Austin, TX where there really is a difference between breakfast burritos, and breakfast tacos, but she really doesn’t know what the difference is.

If it’s dark, and full of inappropriate material. She’s attracted to it. She prefers making her character’s work for their happy ever after, if they get one, and she has no problem making sure they endure every obstacle to try to get there. She’s known as not having a filter, and if she’s asked for an opinion, be prepared to get a response that’s most likely a mixture of sarcasm and bluntness.

She also has a soft side, and volunteers her time to support Elephants, as well as not attending any events that has elephants in their acts. She also loves sloths, and cute kittens, and prides herself on being able to quote the entire series of Friends.

Marie is the type of person that can be friends with anyone, but if you have cake, you’re pretty much her best friend.


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Excerpt/Teaser Share, Release Day/New Release

New Release – Should’ve Been Us by Jess Bryant

Title: Should’ve Been Us
Author: Jess Bryant
Publisher: Blue Lemon Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 20, 2019


It’s a destination wedding, Fate, Texas style, and the thermostat isn’t the only thing about to hit its boiling point.

Lulu Nichols has lost the love of her life.

Her best friend, Derek, proposed to someone else. He’s marrying someone else. And oblivious to her feelings, he’s asked her to play best man at his wedding. She can’t say no, not without admitting her secret and ruining everything, so she pastes on a smile and heads to Mexico to watch the man of her dreams get his happily ever after, even if it isn’t with her.

Connor Shaw is finally ready to claim the love of his life.

He wants Lulu. He’s always wanted her. Even though she’s slightly crazy and seriously delusional about her relationship with Derek. Connor is the one that brings out her fire and matches it with his own. He’s the one that drives her just as crazy as she drives him and it’s way past time for her to admit that all their fighting is really just foreplay.

Together they’re like gasoline and a match; a powder keg destined to blow, but oh how satisfying an explosion it will be.

But is their spark the kind that burns fast and then out? Is the heat going to Lulu’s head or is there more to Connor than she’s ever realized? Could they possibly be meant for forever or are they destined to always be a should’ve been?



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“You should probably slow down there, dollface.” A deep voice slid over her, down her spine and made her shudder. With revulsion, she told herself. It was definitely revulsion. “Wouldn’t want to get drunk and admit you’re in love with the groom, would ya?”
The taunt sent a red-hot surge of anger boiling beneath her skin, turning her cheeks pink and the ice in her veins to lava as she spun to face the man intruding on her pity party. She felt a little light-headed when she noticed how close he was standing but she attributed that to the alcohol in her bloodstream. It only pissed her off more that it proved he was right. She needed to slow down on the drinks or risk making a scene before the bridal party even arrived.
God, she hated when he was right.
Connor Shaw was a stupid, know-it-all bastard. He always had some smartass remark for her. Always. He’d been Derek’s sidekick since the sandbox days but Lulu did not consider him a friend. He was more of a nuisance, an ache in her head that never quite went away. Case in point, he was here now, standing far too close to her, wearing some sort of cologne that invaded her personal space and made her stomach twist, and looking smug as hell because he knew, knew, that every woman in the room was looking at him now that he had her attention.
She hated him. Despised him even. But she couldn’t blame the women in the room for staring.
He looked like an angel, all golden and gorgeous and he had an obnoxious habit of always managing to stand directly in the path of the sun. Even now, in the low light of evening, a spotlight of glowing orange beamed through the windows above, highlighting his dark blonde hair and making it look as if he were wearing a halo. Sometimes it seemed like the sun literally revolved around him.
It was annoying as hell.
So was that knowing twinkle in his dazzling blue eyes. Because he wasn’t just ridiculously good looking, he also knew he was ridiculously good looking which made him just about the biggest kind of asshole on the planet in her estimation. He knew the effect he had on 99% of women and the fact that she fell into the 1% that didn’t go ga-ga over him seemed to give him some weird sort of enjoyment, which only made him more infuriating.
“I mean, unless that’s your plan.” He leaned an elbow against the bar beside her, edging even closer so that she had to force herself not to pull away, to put more space between them, because she knew he’d take her retreat as a win in their never-ending game of dare. “Liquid courage?”
“Go away, Shaw.”
His head tilted slightly as if he’d expected a different response, “Drowning your sorrows then? Have you finally admitted to yourself that you and Dare were never meant to be?”
Her jaw clenched because, as per usual, his assumption hit far too close to home. She attributed Connor knowing so much about her to the fact that they’d grown up together. He’d always been there, on the edges of her friendship with Derek, watching. Judging. He saw parts of her that she’d thought were well hidden from everyone, even Derek, especially Derek, but somehow Connor had seen her infatuation with their friend and he seemed to take absolute joy in calling her out on the stupidity of it.
“I said, go away.” She slipped her hand around the glass in front of her without looking at him but a big, warm, roughly masculine hand closed over hers, stopping her short.
Her breath caught at the contact and she silently cursed herself for the physical reaction. It had been too long since anyone touched her. Anyone. It didn’t have anything to do with this man no matter how gorgeous he was. It was the alcohol and the moroseness that had overtaken her at the thought of Derek getting married.
Derek. Married. To someone else.
Her blood chilled and she pulled her hand away from Connor, carefully, so as not to spill the liquid in her glass. She glared at him when he frowned and his eyebrows drew together. He was looking at her strangely, in a way she couldn’t place and she glanced away before he saw something else she didn’t want him to see.
“Just… slow down on the drinks, okay doll?”
“Don’t call me that.” She instantly flinched.
“Tell me you’ll slow down, at least until dinner is served and you put some food in your system and I won’t call you that again.” His blue eyes were serious and she felt something inside of her begin to splinter.
Was he actually trying to take care of her? This man that taunted her constantly? That set her every nerve ending on edge? Was he trying to make nice for once? Because he knew this must be hard on her?
She nodded, “Okay.”
He gave her a small, cautious smile, “Okay.”
“Okay.” She tipped her drink at him.
“Okay.” He said again and she rolled her eyes because she knew he’d do this all night if she let him get away with it.
“You can go now.” She shooed him away, “Go find someone else to play your mind games with, Shaw.”
“But playing with you is so much fun.”
She groaned, “If you stick around, I’m definitely going to need another drink.”


Jess Bryant is an avid indoors woman. A city girl trapped in a country girl’s life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt’s Harlequin collection and she’s been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.

Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn’t afraid to tell you that your school isn’t as cool as hers… or that your sports romance got it all wrong.

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Excerpt/Teaser Share, New Releases

Excerpt Reveal – Seducing the Billionaire’s Brother by Marquita Valentine

Title: Seducing the Billionaire’s Brother
Author: Marquita Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2019


Pleasure before business. Always.
Connor Montgomery doesn’t give a damn about his world-renowned last name or the endless list of women who only want him for his billions. There’s only one woman for him… his best friend since childhood, Faith. Unfortunately, as a vital employee of his family’s company, she’s beyond off-limits.

Too bad he’s never been one to follow the rules.

Faith Holt is in desperate need of money… for all the wrong reasons. Stuck between coming clean and falling off the face of the earth, she comes up with a crazy, over the top plan. But to pull it off, she realizes that the only person who can help is the last person she wants to involve since it may require crossing the line.

Too bad she can’t stop herself from resisting Connor and his wicked ways.

After years of being “just friends” and looking out for each other in the best of ways, Connor and Faith may have to decide what’s worse: resisting the temptation that’s always existed between them or finally giving in to it.

This is a contemporary ‘friends to lovers’ billionaire romance.


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“You can’t get rid of me that easily.” Connor struggled to keep his tone light. He had no idea what had gotten into Faith… unless her plans were code for a date with a new boyfriend.  Something she had every right to pursue, especially given that he hadn’t made a move on her.
Their relationship meant too much to him. Faith was too precious to potentially lose, even if it meant he suffered in the meantime. However, that didn’t mean he liked the fact that she was looking for something he couldn’t possibly give her, not even with the billions he owned.
“I’m not trying to get rid of you, Mr.—”
“Connor. I think we’re past formalities, don’t you?” he said, peeved that she’d treat him differently because of his last name.
She leaned forward, her hair like a dark waterfall pooling on the top of the counter between them. “I’m at work and I have work to do.”
“I don’t care.” He slashed his hand through the air. “You’re using my last name to put a wall between us.”
“Here, there is a wall between us,” she said, her tone insistent. Her brows crashed together as she lowered her voice, “What’s gotten into you?”
He avoided meeting her gaze. “Are you dating someone?” He all but growled the question like an animal. He knew the day would come that she’d find someone to replace him, but it felt like a knife in the back.
“I have plans to go on a date.” She crossed her arms over her chest. “You should do the same thing. Heck, I’ll help you find someone. Okay?”
No, it wasn’t okay because he’d already fucking found his perfect match and she stood in front of him.  “Pass.”
She sighed thickly. “You’re being unreasonable.”
“I’m being honest,” he snapped.
“You’re being a jerk and that’s not like you.”
“Maybe I’ve changed.”
“In the last ten minutes?” She shook her head. “I don’t think so.”
He both loved and hated how well she knew him. “I have to go.” He stalked away, tossing over his shoulder, “Best of luck on your date, Ms. Holt.”
“Don’t you walk away from me, Connor Aiden Montgomery ,” she called after him.
He stopped, slowing turning, bracing for the impact of this woman who truly didn’t give a damn about his last name.
Faith raised her dark brows at him, her pale blue eyes flashing. Her cheeks were pink with anger. In her black pencil skirt, bright green blouse and conservative heels, she looked every inch the librarian.  And she was so damn beautiful that it made his heart ache.
She marched up to him, her finger wagging at him. “You need to apologize.”
He exhaled. “I’m sorry.”
“That’s better.” She smiled up at him, her plump lips a temptation that took every ounce of his will to resist. “When we get together for dinner tonight, I expect you to not only cook but to be in a much better mood.”
“Yes, ma’am.”
She narrowed her eyes. “Stop trying to distract me with your Scottish accent.”
He gave her an innocent smile. “Wouldn’t dream of it, lass.”
“Now, I have to go back to work.” She adjusted his tie, fussing over him and he loved every damn second of it.  “Are we okay?”
“Yes.” He grabbed her hand, pressing to his heart. “I promise to be on my best behavior this evening.”
“Good because I have high standards, and I need to know your opinion of the guy that I have plans with this weekend.”
His gut twisted.  “Consider me at your service.”  Only he knew, for the first time, he wouldn’t be able to be completely honest with her.
In fact, for the first time during their decades of friendship, he was jealous.


Marquita Valentine is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance.

When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south.

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